The Book of Container Gardening

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Simon and Schuster, 1991 - Gardening - 192 pages
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With the skill, flair, and ingenuity that so delighted readers of The Book of Fresh Flowers and The Book of Dried Flowers, Malcolm Hillier has created the ultimate guide to growing garden plants in window boxes, barrels and tubs, pots, urns, and hanging baskets. Drawing on a glorious profusion of plants for all seasons, he imaginatively combines flowers, foliage, and berries to come up with eye-catching schemes that complement containers of all shapes and sizes. He explains the principles of designing a scheme and planting it, then provides a wealth of advice on the care and attention needed to keep the plants in their very best condition and ensure a healthy, long-lasting display. Large color photographs of sunbaked roof terraces, shady court-yards, and wind-swept balconies demonstrate how containers can be arranged to enhance a garden or decorate the individual features in it: brick walls and wooden fences, flights of steps and fire escapes, porches and pergolas. Lavishly illustrated with color photographs and supplemented with all the practical know-how needed to ensure success, The Book of Container Gardening is a rich source of inspiration for all who wish to enhance a garden, balcony, or window-sill with decorative containers.
  

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Contents

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Art Editor
24
7i Barrels and Tubs 76 Blue Conifer
76
Wine Barrel
78
Barrel of Petunias
80
Crock of Roses
82
Summer Salad
83
8U Sinks and Troughs
85
Plants for Shade
128
Exposed Positions 132 Roof Top of Trees
132
Designs for Exposed Positions
134
Plants for Exposed Sites
136
Specific Locations
139
no Pergolas and Arbors 162 Flights of Steps
142
Doorways 166 Walls and Fences
146
Garden Paths
148

Woodland Garden
86
Marine Theme
88
Wooden Trough of Evergreens
90
Hanging Baskets
93
Traditional Basket
94
Gold Summer Basket
96
Basket of Red and Silver
97
Hayrack of Flowers
98
Exciting Color Combinations
100
ioi Spring Collection
101
Moss Baskets
102
tot Suiting the Site
105
Sunny Positions
106
Flowerfilled Pergola
108
HO Designs for
110
iig Plants for
112
Semishady Positions 116 City Courtyard
116
Designs for Semishade
118
Plants for Semishade
120
Shady Positions
122
Shady Retreat
124
Designs for Shade
126
ISO Evening Garden
150
Making
152
and Decorating
153
Containers S 156 Planting a Basket
154
Converting a Chimney
156
Disguising a Sink
158
Using an Old Mop Bucket
160
Making a Wooden Window
162
Decorating Wooden Window Boxes
164
Evergreen Topiary
166
Constructing a Herb Tower
168
no Training Standards
170
Supporting Plants in Pots 17 Plant Care
172
Pests and Diseases
176
Planting and Repotting
178
ISO Watering 181 Pruning and Deadheading
181
Propagation
182
Plant Lists
186
Index
188
Acknowledgments
192
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About the author (1991)

Malcolm Hillier has always had a passion for flowers and gardens. In 1970, he started a garden design practice with Colin Hilton and during the years that followed, created a large maze with a scented water garden at its heart; lake and woodland gardens; as well as town gardens, roof terraces, and conservatories. Containers have always played a large part in these projects. All his planting schemes have a special style that marries a romantic profusion of flowers and fragrance with a strong sense of structure and formality.

This same mixture infuses his decorations of fresh and dried flowers, produced for many well-known clients, including film and television companies, in Europe, the West Indies, and the United States. His best-selling The Book of Dried Flowers, coauthored with Colin Hilton, Decorating with Dried Flowers, and The Book of Fresh Flowers are further testament to his great talent in this field.

Before devoting his energy solely to plants and flowers, Malcolm Hillier studied music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and he then followed a career as a copywriter, ultimately becoming Head of Television in a leading advertising agency.

Other best-selling books by Malcolm Hillier The Book of Fresh Flowers and The Book of Dried Flowers Available at your local bookstore or library.

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